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Title: Message to the youth of the nation
Physical Description: 8 p.illus. 13 x 18 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Williams, Eric Eustace
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General Note: Public Relations Division, Off. of the Prime Minister
General Note: Independence Youth Rally, Queen's Park Oval, 30th August, 1962.
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: UF Latin American Collections
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Resource Identifier: aleph - 25000262
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System ID: AA00012809:00001

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Message


to the

Youth of

The Nation

BY

DR. ERIC WILLIAMS
Prime Minister and Minister of External Affairs,
Trinidad and Tobago


Independence Youth Rally, Queen's Park Oval,
30th August, 1962














LATIN



ISSUED BY PUBLIC RELATIONS DIVISION, OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO





PRIME MINISTER'S ADDRESS TO THE YOUTH RALLY,


QUEEN'S PARK OVAL, 30TH AUGUST, 1962


TOMORROW, Independence Day, you will be
the children of the citizens of the independent
State of Trinidad and Tobago, and in a few
years after that, you will be called upon, by
the law of the land, to share in the privileges
and responsibilities, the rights and duties of
citizens. Tomorrow I shall have an equally
great honour and responsibility-that of being
the first Prime Minister of an Independent
Nation. I am very happy indeed therefore
to take part today in this memorable rally
and to send a message, through you the
boys and girls here today at the Queen's
Park Oval, to all the young people of
Trinidad and Tobago.


,Our new nation must maintain and
develop its political system' and its demo-
cratic machinery. It must provide the
Cabinet Ministers, the Members of Parlia-
ment, the civil servants, the doctors, the
lawyers, the engineers, the ambassadors,
the nurses, the teachers, the skilled workers
and the writers and artists which every
independent nation has and provides for
itself. It must organise and plan our economy
to increase the national wealth and improve
our living standards.

We who are doing all this today as well
as we can will have to give way in the years
to come to you young people who will come





forward to take our place. The Nation is on
the march. There is no turning back. The
road from now on leads forward and only
forward. Your responsibility, therefore, is a
very heavy one. If you shirk it, you betray
our Nation. If you fail in that responsibility,
you jeopardise our Nation.

I have given to the Nation as its watch-
words, Discipline, Production, Tolerance.
They apply as much to you the young
people as to your parents. The discipline is
both individual and national; the individual
cannot be allowed to seek his personal in-
terests and gratify his personal ambition at
the expense of our Nation.

We must produce in order to enjoy.
Wealth does not drop from the skies for
any individual or any Nation. Reduce


production, skylark on the job, take twice
as long to do a job and make it cost twice
as much-do any of these things and in
effect you reduce the total amount available
to be shared among the total number of
people, you don't pull your weight, and you
fatten at the expense of others.

Your rally here today is a good demonstra-
tion of our mixed society. Some of you have
ancestors who came from one country. Some
of you profess one religion, some another,
others a third or fourth. You in your schools
have, like the Nation in general, only two
alternatives-you learn to live together in
peace, or you fight it out and destroy one
another. The second alternative makes no
sense and is sheer barbarism. The first
alternative is civilised and is simple common
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responsibility to educate your parents. Teach
them to live together in harmony, the
difference being not race or colour of skin
but merit only, differences of wealth and
family status being rejected in favour of
equality of opportunity. I call upon all of
you young people to practise what you sing
today and tomorrow, to translate the ideal
of our National Anthem into a code of
everyday behaviour, and to make our Nation
one in which "ev'ry creed and race find an
equal place".

I give to you, the young people, one
additional principle on which to base your
lives for the salvation of our Nation. This
principle is honesty. In your future career
you will at some time or other have respon-
sibility for money that is not yours, whether
your employer is the Government of the


country or a private firm. Every country
makes special provision for the control of
public expenditure and for the protection
of the property of its citizens. In the final
analysis, however, the control is exercised
not by the Government or by the police but
by the citizens themselves. Make honesty
the guiding principle of your lives from this
day forward. Let your ambition be the
development of a Nation which, whatever
its limitations, is distinguished in the eyes
of the world by the honesty and integrity
of its citizens.

And so I say to you young people:
forward to Independence: Do not allow
anyone to disrespect our National Flag.
Do not allow anyone to destroy one single
National Bird. Do not allow anyone to
desecrate our National Anthem. They are





your Flag, your Birds, your Anthem. It is
your Nation, even more than it is the Nation
of your parents. You are the future; we are
at best the present, at worst the past.

To your tender and loving hands the future
of the Nation is entrusted. In your innocent
hearts the pride of the Nation is enshrined.
On your scholastic development the salvation
of the Nation is dependent. At the birth of
our Nation, four of its leading personalities,
four of the people with the heaviest respon-
sibility for its guidance, in the Cabinet,


Parliament and the Judiciary, are scholar-
ship winners, educated abroad at the expense
of your parents, the taxpayers: the Prime
Minister, the Chief Justice, the Deputy
Prime Minister and Leader of the House
of Representatives, and the Leader of the
Opposition. When you return to your classes
after Independence, remember therefore, each
and every one of you, that you carry the
future of Trinidad and Tobago in your school
bags.

Good luck to you all, to your parents and
your teachers, and to Trinidad and Tobago.





























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